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Spotlight on Camille Piazza

By • Mar 26th, 2009 • Category: Interviews
Rehearsal for Murder
Providence Players
James Lee Community Center, Falls Church, VA
$15/$12 Seniors and Students
Playing through April 4th

Listen to the interview with Camille Piazza. [MP3 5:33 5.1MB]

Mike: This is Mike Clark with Show Biz Radio and I am backstage at a rehearsal for Rehearsal For Murder with Providence Players in Falls Church. Today I am talking with Camille Piazza, who plays the role of Sally Bean. Thank you for talking with me today, Camille.

Camille: Hi.

Mike: Who is Sally Bean?

Camille: Sally Bean is the lead characters’ Alex Dennison’s secretary. She’s from Maine. She’s a spunky little devil.

Mike: How did she get involved?

Camille Piazza as SallyCamille: She met Alex in Maine and he invited her down to New York where she has become involved in his rehearsal reading for the day.

Mike: Is Sally like or unlike you?

Camille: I worry that I might be too much like Sally sometimes. She’s a very bright bubble of something. While I hope I am bright and bubbly sometimes I hope I am not quite as as bright and bubbly as Sally might be.

Mike: Is her joyfulness a front or is that really who she is? Is she trying to be a strong New Yorker person?

Camille: I think that Sally is just so overwhelmed and excited about being in New York and meeting these famous people that she is just wowed. She doesn’t even have a moment to think about anything beyond the, “Oh my gosh, here I am in the big city.”

Mike: Have you enjoyed performing Sally?

Camille: Yes, she’s a trip. She is fun and silly and she gets to hang out and steal scenes (don’t tell anyone.) I upstage everybody. Never on purpose.

Mike: Is this the part you tried out for or did you try put for any role? How did that work?

Camille: I auditioned and really didn’t care. I just thought this would be a fun play to do. So I was, ‘ehh, any of the characters would be cool to do’ and then when I got Sally Bean I was actually really really happy I did not have to memorize a zillion lines, but she’s also such a fun character to play and find new things with so it all turned out for the best I think.

Mike: How long have you been doing theater?

Camille: Wow. I don’t know. A long time, I guess. Actually after college stopped doing theater for several years and just last year did something at the Capital Fringe Fest. I guess now I’m back. To the fear of Washington DC.

Mike: What did you do at the Fringe Fest?

Camille: I was Ino in The Baccae. It was at the Mead Flashpoint Theater. It was directed by Christine Lange.

Mike: Was that with Jay Tilley?

Camille: Yes, it was with Jay Tilley and it was a lot of fun.

Mike: We were supposed to go to that, but we couldn’t make it.

Camille: Awwww. There are a lot of fabulous photos out there. You can imagine it. It was a great show to do to re-get your feet wet because it wasn’t a full length two hour play. But it was a lot of fun and it was an amazing cast. It was good.

Mike: Do you usually do comedies or drama? Which would you prefer?

Camille: I like comedies.

Mike: Comedy is harder. At least I think comedy’s harder. It’s all timing.

Camille: I’m more comfortable with comedy than with being serious. So for me it’s the other way around. I’m more comfortable being silly and working out the timing than being serious and focusing.

Mike: Is there a part you would just love to do?

Camille: Oh, I don’t know. I like all the little sidekick parts. I don’t think there is anything specific that I want to do. I like doing it for the fun of it so it doesn’t matter.

Mike: Do you know what your next project is going to be?

Camille: No. I told myself that my big thing for this year is that I will audition for at least one show and this was it. And I got it. So I don’t know if I will do another show this year or I’ll hold off and do something next year. I’ll leave it open.

Mike: How did you hear about Providence Players?

Camille: My friend Rachel Lee did a couple shows with Providence Players. She was the Newspaper Boy in The Time of Your Life I think. Then she was just in Saturday, Sunday, Monday with them. She encouraged me to try out with Providence Players and said she knew everybody and it was so relaxed and auditions were fun, which they are because they are open. And so I came here and got to meet everybody and got sucked right in. In a good way.

Mike: Well thanks very much. I’ve enjoyed talking with you.

Camille: Thank you.

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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

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